2020 Offshore Symposium Speakers 

Keynote Presentation

“Floating Technology, expanding the potential of offshore wind”

Offshore wind represents an abundant source of clean and carbon-free energy with a great potential that has been largely untapped in the US and the rest of the world. The offshore wind industry at its current development stage is fairly constrained by the water depth limitations and is considered commercially viable only at shallow water sites with water depth under 60m. At these water depths, offshore wind turbines are placed on top of bottom-fixed foundations that extend into the seabed.

Floating wind is the new frontier of the offshore wind industry that will unlock the deep-water areas and significantly expand the potential of offshore wind. Recent technological advances and lifecycle cost reductions have enabled the developers to erect increasingly large offshore wind turbines (10+MW) on floating platforms, such as the ones using WindFloat® technology developed by Principle Power. With the access to better wind resource, increased site flexibility and suitability for challenging seabed conditions, floating wind presents compelling characteristics that demonstrate its potential to grow exponentially. By the middle of this decade, the floating wind industry is expected to lift off all around the world, where site conditions call for floating wind technology.

The discussion will focus on the WindFloat® technology development path from concept phase to pre-commercial phase. Emphasis is given to current major projects at Principle Power, highlighting successes, challenges and lessons learned.



 Antoine Peiffer

Antoine Peiffer

Principle Power - VP, Head of Engineering

Antoine is a passionate advocate for ocean renewable energy and offshore floating wind turbines. He has more than a decade of experience in the global offshore floating wind sector at Principle Power and has held leadership roles in Engineering and Business Development. His technical expertise includes the design and supply of floating foundations for the offshore wind industry.

Antoine was involved in the entire lifecycle of the WindFloat demonstration project (WF1), from design, through fabrication, installation, and to operations. Over the years, he contributed to the development of the WindFloat technology and led the Aero-Hydro Engineering Group in charge of loads and motions computations for FEED and Detailed Design of most of Principle Power’s pre-commercial projects. In his most recent role in Business Development, Antoine aimed at generating sales of the WindFloat and creating a pipeline of commercial projects around the world, by bringing technical expertise in early developments and assessing the supply chain readiness of future markets. Antoine is now leading the Engineering team of Principle Power that is gearing up for the industrialization phase of floating wind.

Antoine is a graduate from the University of California at Berkeley under the Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture program. He was the chair of the Northern California section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) in 2017-2018.

Panel Discussion

“Implementing Disruptive Technologies in the Offshore Industry: Successes, Lessons Learned and Impact Beyond Today”


Steve Louis

Steve Louis

Eternal Energy LLC – Managing Partner

Steve Louis, P.E., MBA, is a Managing Partner with Eternal Energy LLC, a technology commercialization consultancy based in Houston, TX.  Steve has over 18 years of technical and executive experience in the Energy sector having served as Vice President and Director for two leading international EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation) oilfield service companies.  Throughout his career he has worked in research & development, business development, project management, mobile app development, and most recently technology commercialization.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Executive Masters of Business Administration at Rice University.  He has held positions within ASME and served as an OTC (Offshore Technology Conference) Technical Session Chair.

Panel Members:

Hani Elshahawi

Hani Elshahawi

Shell – Digitalization Lead – Deep Water Technology

Hani Elshahawi is Deepwater Digitalization Lead and Formation Testing and Sampling Principal Technical Expert at Shell where he has spent the last 17 years. Hani previously worked with the Shell GameChanger program, served as Deepwater technology advisor and capabilities manager, and led FEAST-Shell’s Fluid Evaluation and Sampling Technologies center of excellence.

Prior to Shell, Hani spent 15 years with Schlumberger in over 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and North America during which he has held various positions in interpretation, consulting, operations, marketing, and technology development. He holds several patents and has authored over 150 technical publications. He was the 2009-2010 President of the SPWLA, recipient multiple SPE and SPWLA awards and a distinguished lecturer for both societies.

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan

McDermott – Global Vice President, Digital Projects and Innovation

Vaseem Khan is the Global Vice President Digital Projects and Innovation and McDermott’s Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for developing and deploying innovative technologies, products and processes to transform McDermott’s project delivery practices. In his role, Vaseem leads a team of marine, commissioning, construction, fabrication, supply chain and engineering domain experts, business analysts, data scientists and IT specialists.

Vaseem is based in Houston, was previously Global Vice President of Engineering responsible for over 5,000 engineers in twelve global engineering offices in the McDermott group, along with the London- based Centre for Innovation and Research. Vaseem has held positions in onshore and offshore engineering, engineering management, site and completions management, project management and regional operations in several countries, and prior to joining McDermott was TechnipFMC’s Regional President in the Middle East responsible for onshore and offshore projects executed out of the Abu Dhabi, UAE office.

A London native, Vaseem holds Bachelor and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a post graduate diploma in international management. Vaseem is married with two adult children who reside in the UK.

Manuel Parente

Manuel Parente

Abyssal – Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Manuel started developing software from an early age (BASIC on a TI 99/4A) and has been involved in software engineering ever since. He has more than 14 years of experience in running and managing start-up companies.

Manuel has experience in developing solutions for subsea operations. His software solutions are used by most of the top 10 Oil & Gas companies worldwide.

At Abyssal, Manuel is the founder, CTO and inventor, holding a patent portfolio on Augmented Reality and Deep Learning for Remotely Operated Vehicles.

Robin Macmillan

Robin Macmillan

NOV – Senior Vice President of Business Development

Robin Macmillan attained a degree in Geology from the University of Leeds in England and started his oilfield career on a rig in the Rio Grande Valley. Since then, he has worked globally including eight years in Latin America. His next step was joining the drill bit company ReedHycalog in 1991, where he worked in several sales and management positions including the management of Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements in Canada. He was ultimately appointed as President of ReedHycalog in 2008. His current role is the Senior Vice President for Business Development at National Oilwell Varco.

Robin holds a patent on drill bit design, and has published technical papers on drilling automation, including drill bit design and managed pressure drilling. He is currently the chairman emeritus of the International Association of Drilling Contractors Advanced Rig Technology committee and has moderated several technical webinars for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Ulrik Dan Frorup

Ulrik Dan Frorup

Bureau Veritas - Offshore Operations Director

Ulrik Dan Frorup is the Director of Offshore Operations in France – UK – US and Malaysia, and based in Paris. He has recently transferred from a position as Offshore Technical and Innovation Director in Paris. Ulrik has a long career of 30 years in the Bureau Veritas Group as Technical and Operations manager – taking him from Denmark to France, US, Singapore and Korea where he was the Bureau Veritas Country Chief Executive 2008-11. Ulrik Dan Frorup graduated as Naval Architect from Denmark Technical University in 1989 and holds a Diploma in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School in 1995.